Paddington is centred around the Paddington Basin and its Isambard Kingdom Brunel-designed station, which contains a statue of the classic children’s fictional character Paddington Bear. Also the location for St Mary’s Hospital, where Prince William and Harry were both born, and the scenic area of Little Venice with its colourful canal boats and swans. From large converted luxury flats to small Victorian houses, there is a huge mix of property in the area attracting overseas buyers.
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens is a short walk from Paddington station. Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, both perfect for a run, cycle, horse-ride or a simple stroll across its paths. In Hyde Park you will also find the world famous Serpentine Lake and Gallery, perfect for boating. Furthermore, Norfolk Square Gardens and Talbot Square Gardens are ideal picnic spots, with deck chairs, ping pong and giant chess.
Shopping and Entertainment
There are many independent shops, cafes and restaurants along Kendal Street and Connaught Street. More affordable catering can be found on Praed Street and surrounding streets. Street food can be enjoyed on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Merchant Square, where you can also enjoy navigating through the world’s first water maze. The Puppet Theatre Barge is also a great place to visit for some unusual entertainment or take a canal boat from Little Venice to Camden.